Jan 19, 2002
Peaceful means for resolving the Arab-Israeli
conflict: If you can't beat them, join them
by Baha Abushaqra
For over five decades now, the Palestinians (and Arabs
by extension) have failed to attain their lawful
rights --their basic rights as guaranteed by the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UN resolutions
and articles of the Geneva Convention. Worse, they are
vilified and personally blamed for their ordeal. As a
Palestinian, this just kills me. What, then, can, or
should, the Palestinians do? Let's look at the
options. Other than to surrender (or do nothing), they
As it stands, Palestinians (and Arabs) do not have the
caliber to wage, let alone win, a conventional (or
non-conventional for that matter) war against Israel.
What's left then? Let's be frank about it: guerrilla
warfare, which, though legit, will always be seen by
the "civilized nations" as terrorism. Hey, I didn't
make the rules; that's just how it works. If you don't
have a conventional army with infantry, tanks, F-16s,
missiles (preferably nukes), and whatnot, you're a
terrorist. It doesn't matter if your cause is
legitimate or not; self-defense or not.
Who cares what the imperial powers think, you ask?
After all, they are the ones who created this plight
in the first place. Today, they are still Israeli's
guardians and lifeline. And, that's exactly my point.
Fact of the matter is Palestinians are not just
fighting some Jewish fundamentalists who want to
"redeem" the land they left gazillions of years ago;
rather, this is the last colonial war. The imperial PR
/ mass media machine has already branded us,
Palestinians, as intransigent, fundamentalists,
"militants" and "terrorists". Remarkably, to the West,
we do not have one single freedom-fighter on board our
race. In short, we've been spun from victims into
aggressors. This, in its turn, is a carte blanche to
the Israeli occupation defense forces (sic) to sustain
their brute colonial campaign. So, guerrilla warfare
results in vastly disproportionate causalities.
Yet, I do not mean to discourage the Palestinian
knights from resisting (remember what I said earlier,
surrender is no option). Fighting, though, should be
done by "all means available," as mandated by articles
of the Fourth Geneva Convention, and that, I will
argue, does not exclude resorting to extra-ordinary
measures. Hey, the end justifies the means, they say.
Our Israeli brethren certainly put these words into
action during their so-called war of independence,
when, before a single Arab soldier set foot in
Palestine, over 500 Palestinian villages were razed,
by the Zionist thugs, hundreds killed and thousands
fled, to make way for the new 'Jewish State'. What I
am saying is that we, Palestinians, should learn from
them. Not necessarily ruthlessness, but, more
importantly, and that's the crux of my argument, wits.
Follows are some undertakings, 'protocols of the
elders of the dispossessed', if you will, I believe,
Palestinians could and should pursue to attain their
droits without firing a single shot. Flexibility here
is a prerequisite. We need to think outside the
Faith is in the heart (Arabic proverb)
The Zionist doctrine is simple: Israel is Jewish.
I, for one, fail to understand the raison d'etre and
hence the ideology behind contemporary Zionism. Early
Zionism, I understand. I don't accept its modus
operandi, but understand its progenitor: 19th century
(Christian) Europe anti-Semitism. Today, however,
there is no persecution of Jews. I have yet to hear of
a single Jew who immigrated to the "Promised Land"
because he or she is being persecuted by his fellow
countrymen. Could the probability of a renascence of
global anti-Semitism / Jewish persecutions possibly
exceed that of being struck by lightening --I wonder.
In short, I will never understand (what I call)
neo-Zionism. But, it is the Palestinians' principle
foe. Bottom line: Israel is Jewish. Then, let's take
it from there.
Here's what I propose.
Palestinians to embrace Judaism, en masse.
Sure, some logistical difficulties will arise from
this religious revolution, like shortages of rabbis
and synagogues to perform the necessary conversion /
baptism ceremonies (or whatever they happen to refer
to it in Judaism), but repatriation and reparation are
well worth it. Let's not lose sight of the big picture
Okay, so there will be other serious theological
Palestinians, Muslims and Christians, will argue that
it is irreligious to change their faith, just so that
they can attain their fundamental human rights, like
not be discriminated against based on religion, color
or ethnicity (as stipulated by the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights). My reply is: God is
forgiving and most merciful. He will understand (trust
me). Besides, "faith is in the heart," as we Arabs
For our Jewish brethren, it shouldn't be a problem,
either. They should be glad to see their numbers
double overnight. They have been struggling to import
Jewry all along (alleged war criminal Ariel Sharon
recently announced it a national priority to import 1
million new Jew, ASAP, before they get diluted by
goyims). (Remember the simple Zionist dogma: Israel is
Jewish.) Additionally, this process of Jewish
resettlement, is costing the American taxpayers a
fortune (about 135 billion dollars, so far)1 to cover
the costs for construction of new Jewish colonies,
travel expenses, schooling, medical, welfare, etc.
We have seen Christian-Zionists; a gazillion of them,
from devout reverends to happy-go-lucky barmen.
We have also seen communist-Zionists (agnostics).
There is a million or so of them in the Israeli
territories alone (followers of Hadash / Chadash
communist parties). Mind you, it's only 15% of
Israelis that claim religious observance, anyway. But
even those 'faithful' Jews will praise the Occidental
system of religious pluralism and religious tolerance.
Diaspora faithful Jewry are also the most vehement
advocates of secularism.
We've even seen Muslim-Zionists. A good example to
note here is the very patriotic Palestinian
intellectual Sari Nusseibeh (Arafat's new chief envoy
in Jerusalem) --he, too, wants to preserve the
'Jewishness' of Israel.
Why, then, can't we, likewise, have Christian-Jews,
communist-Jews and Muslim-Jews --besides, all
Abrahamic religions followers will be sharing the very
same heaven, in the hereafter. So, what's the fuss?
(The "evil ones" will share the same hell.)
Furthermore, Abraham is the genetic father for all
Muslims, Jews and Christians, through the Israelites
and Ishmaelites, whether they are white (Saxon or
Anglo-Saxon), black (Ethiopian or African-American),
Asian (Chinese or Indo-Pakistani), etc.
Ethnicity, therefore, shouldn't be a problem for the
Israelis. There are Arab Jews, black Jews (Ethiopians,
for example), Anglo-Saxon Jews, Asian Jew...heck, I've
even seen Afghani Jews (recently on CNN). The point
is, ethnicity is no issue, and since Israel is a
'democratic state', just like the West, it will be
tolerant toward diversity.
Fatwas (religious decrees) towards successful
(Suitable for all Palestinian goyims. Here's how it
The Muslim religious clerics are to issue fatwas,
ASAP, that it is the religious duty of every
Palestinian Muslim to learn the language most spoken
in Israel -Russian- so that Palestinians could blend
well in their new Hebrew society.
(Our Palestinian Christian brethren can convert to
Islam first, to be able to follow suit.)
Another helpful fatwa, for the Palestinians towards
attaining their droits, is that every faithful
Palestinian marry an Israeli citizen (Arabs with
Israeli citizenship generally have more rights than
Arab non-citizens). Muslim men can marry in quartos,
for prolificacy (possibly, the only war, at this point
in time, that the Palestinians can win). I mean,
there's about a million Palestinian-Israeli --a lot of
faces to choose from. (Our Christian brethren don't
need to change their religion for this.)
Unfortunately, though, I recently heard that the
Knesset is considering a bill to deny citizenship to
"foreigners" who marry Israeli citizen. So, you'd
better hurry up lads.
Polygamy in such extraordinary times is highly
recommended, and should be encouraged by all Muslim
clerics, preferably with a fatwa, and declared a
A third fatwa is that every Palestinian should change
his or her name and adopt a Hebrew name. (This will
help them assimilate). By the same token,
Palestinians, especially Diaspora Palestinians,
should, after changing their names and religion,
immigrate to Russia (and not forget to give their
newborns Jewish names). Thus, at least, second
generation Palestinian-Russians can make the "aliyah"
(yea, I know, but better a generation late than
If there's a will, there's a way.